Director: Israel CárIsrael Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmándenas, La
Country: Dominican Republic
Year of Production: 2014
Total Running Time: 83 min
Language: Spanish/English
Rating: PG



Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas. Along with her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach.

As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years.

Noelí’s boyfriend feigns to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month.

For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date closes a nuanced portrait of an older, well to do European woman. Anne’s (Geraldine Chaplin) love for Noeli (Yanet Mojica) in the idyllic seaside town, Samana, in the Dominican Republic. Their relationship is complex, a mixture of real affection and also the money that Anne gives Noeli regularly, which makes Noeli’s boyfriend encourage the relationship. In this complex inter-web Anne (sensitively played by Chaplain) falls hopelessly in love with Noeli (who lives with her boyfriend), even as Noeli is torn between leaving with Anne or staying with her man. Love brings a flow of entanglements in a drama which unfolds like palm trees in an irresistible storm.””


Israel Cárdenas was born in Monterrey, Mexico. His features, co-directed with his wife Laura Amelia Guzmán, include Cochochi (07), Jean Gentil (10), and Carmita (2013). Sand Dollars (14) is their latest film.
Laura Amelia Guzmán was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her features, co-directed with her husband Israel Cárdenas, include Cochochi (07), which won the Discovery Award at the Festival, Jean Gentil (10), and Carmita (2013). Sand Dollars (14) is their latest film.